Shaping the corporate landscape

New Publication: Shaping the Corporate Landscape: corporate reform and enterprise diversity, edited by Nina Boeger and Charlotte Villiers, Hart Publishing, 2018

Currently, there exists a distrust of corporate activity in the continuing aftermath of the financial crisis and with increasing recognition of the threats of climate change and global, as well as national, inequalities. Despite efforts in the arena of corporate governance to address these, we are still beset with corporate scandals and witness companies facing large fines for their environmental and cost-cutting misdemeanours. Recognising that the usual responses to dealing with these corporate problems are not effective, this book asks whether the traditional form of the joint stock corporation itself lies at the heart of these problems. What are the features of the corporate form and how does its current regulation underscore these problems? Identifying such features provides a basis for the discussion to develop towards suggesting more progressive regulatory developments around the corporate form.

More fundamentally, this book investigates a diverse range of corporate governance models that are emerging as alternatives to the shareholder corporation, including employee-owned, cooperative and social enterprises. The contributors are leading scholars from various backgrounds including law, management and organisation studies, finance and accounting, as well as experienced professionals and policy makers with expertise in social and cooperative business models and the role of employees in the corporation.

The book is the outcome of a symposium held at the Centre for Law and Enterprise in the University of Bristol Law School, where established scholars, policy-makers and professionals explored the possibility corporate reform and the availability of new corporate forms, addressing the following themes from a variety of disciplinary angles:

• Contemporary and historical critiques of the joint stock corporation, its governance and regulation;
• Avenues that point towards progressive development of the joint stock corporation, its organizational and legal form, governance, rights and liabilities;
• Emergent legal and organizational forms of business enterprise that present alternatives to the joint stock corporation and advance a more diverse, democratic, inclusive and flexible global entrepreneurial landscape comprising, amongst others, mutual societies, cooperatives and social enterprises;
• Avenues for bringing about positive changes that include the development of innovative and diverse enterprise activity, as well as enabling participants to engage more effectively.

‌Shaping the Corporate Landscape: corporate reform and enterprise diversity is available on the Hart Publishing website.

It's in the practice of social enterprise that I think the story is inspiring and encouraging.

Dan Gregory - Shaping the Corporate Landscape synposium, June 2016

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